Galatians 4:8-20 NIV

Paul's Concern for the Galatians

8 Formerly, when you did not know God,1 you were slaves2 to those who by nature are not gods.3

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9 But now that you know God--or rather are known by God4--how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable principles? Do you wish to be enslaved5 by them all over again?6

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      10 You are observing special days and months and seasons and years!7

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      11 I fear for you, that somehow I have wasted my efforts on you.8

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      12 I plead with you, brothers,9 become like me, for I became like you. You have done me no wrong.

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      13 As you know, it was because of an illness10 that I first preached the gospel to you.

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      14 Even though my illness was a trial to you, you did not treat me with contempt or scorn. Instead, you welcomed me as if I were an angel of God, as if I were Christ Jesus himself.11

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      15 What has happened to all your joy? I can testify that, if you could have done so, you would have torn out your eyes and given them to me.
      16 Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth?12

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      17 Those people are zealous to win you over, but for no good. What they want is to alienate you [from us], so that you may be zealous for them.13

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      18 It is fine to be zealous, provided the purpose is good, and to be so always and not just when I am with you.14

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        • 27 4:18 - ver 13,14
          19 My dear children,15 for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you,16

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          20 how I wish I could be with you now and change my tone, because I am perplexed about you!